BREED OF THE MONTH

Sus­sex hen

Country Living (UK) - - The Good Life -

With a docile, friendly char­ac­ter, it will come as no sur­prise that Sus­sex chick­ens are a pop­u­lar choice for back-gar­den hen-keep­ing. They are a good du­alpur­pose breed – reared for both meat and eggs – and come in eight colours, in­clud­ing Light (the most pop­u­lar), Speck­led, Brown, Sil­ver, White, Buff, Red and Corona­tion – all with stocky bod­ies, a tail at a 45-de­gree an­gle, and red ear­lobes and combs. A very old breed, they were shown in the first-ever gen­eral poul­try show in 1845 un­der the clas­si­fi­ca­tion ‘Old Sus­sex or Kent Fowl’.

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